How To Fight A Hannibal Red Light Camera Ticket

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To fight a Hannibal red light camera ticket, hire an experienced traffic law attorney to get your ticket reduced from a 2-point moving violation to a non-moving, no-point infraction.

If you hire an attorney, you won’t have to appear in court. And the court usually gives defendants at least 30 days to pay the fine and court costs.

Hannibal Red Light Camera Ticket Is a 2-Point Moving Violation

If you plead guilty to a Hannibal red light camera ticket, 2 points will be added to your driving record. If you accumulate too many points on your driving record, your license will be suspended or revoked.

In addition to the added points on your record, your car insurance rates may increase if you plead guilty to a moving violation.

Instead of pleading guilty to a Hannibal red light camera ticket, you can hire an attorney to get it reduced to a no-point infraction such as “Defective Equipment.” Pleading guilty to a non-moving, no-point infraction won’t cause points to be added to your driving record, and your insurance company will never know that you got the ticket.

How Many Points Can You Have On Your Driving Record Before Your License Gets Suspended?

  • If you accumulate 8 points within 18 months, your Missouri driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days (if it’s your first suspension)
  • If you accumulate 12 points within 12 months, your license will be revoked for 1 year

The Missouri Department of Revenue website’s “Frequently Asked Questions About Missouri Tickets and Points” has answers to many questions regarding points, driver’s license suspension, and license reinstatement. Or you can call the Missouri Department of Revenue at (573) 751-4475.

How Much Is The Fine For A Hannibal Red Light Camera Ticket?

If you plead guilty to a Hannibal red light camera ticket, the fine is approximately $130, and 2 points will be added to your driving record.

If you hire an attorney to get your Hannibal red light camera ticket reduced to a non-moving violation, you will pay a slightly higher fine plus court costs, but no points will be added to your driving record.

The Prosecutor determines the amount of the fine, which may be higher or lower depending on 1) how bad your driving record is, and 2) whether you have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Your attorney can give you an estimate of the fine and court costs you will have to pay.

How To Find Out How Much Your Insurance Rates Will Increase If You Plead Guilty To A Traffic Ticket

Some people call their insurance agent before deciding whether to plead guilty to a moving violation or hire an attorney to get their ticket reduced to a non-moving violation. Your insurance agent should be able to tell you whether your insurance rates will increase, and by how much.

Click on this article from insurance.com to see how traffic violations affect your car insurance rates.

Where Are The Hannibal Red Light Cameras Located?

I listed the locations of Hannibal red light cameras in my previous blog post.

To read more about Hannibal’s red light cameras, go to the “Red Light Cameras Frequently Asked Questions” on the Hannibal police website.

What To Do If You Got A Hannibal Red Light Camera Ticket And You Were Not The Driver

Red light camera tickets are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle.

If a friend borrows your car and runs a red light that is enforced by cameras, a red light camera ticket will be issued. The ticket will be mailed to you, if you are the registered owner of the vehicle, and your friend who actually ran the red light will never know that a ticket was issued.

If you receive a Hannibal red light camera ticket in the mail but you were not the driver, here’s how to avoid getting points added to your driving record:

  • Fill out the “Nomination Affidavit” on the back of your Hannibal red light camera ticket and write in the name of the person who was driving your vehicle
  • Fax the “Nomination Affidavit” to the Hannibal Police Department
  • The Hannibal Police will re-issue a new ticket and mail it to the person who was driving your car when they ran the red light

What To Do If You Are A Commercial Truck Driver And You Got A Hannibal Red Light Camera Ticket

When a professional truck driver with a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) gets a Hannibal red light camera ticket, the ticket will be mailed to the truck driver’s employer, if the employer is the registered owner of the truck.

If that happens, your employer can fill out the Nomination Affidavit and send it to the Hannibal Police Department to have a new ticket issued in your name. Then you can hire an attorney to get your Hannibal red light camera ticket reduced from a moving violation to a non-moving violation.

Sometimes the truck driver’s employer will pay the red light camera ticket fine without notifying the driver. In that situation, hopefully you will find out about it before the court date. If your employer has already paid the fine and the court date has passed, points will be added to your driving record. In that situation, you can hire an attorney to withdraw your guilty plea and get your ticket reduced to a no-point violation. Then the points will be removed from your driving record.

How Much Will It Cost To Get Your Hannibal Red Light Camera Ticket Fixed?

Most experienced traffic ticket lawyers can give you a price quote over the phone. They can also give you an estimate of the fine and court costs you will pay after your attorney gets your ticket amended to a non-moving, no-point infraction.

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For a free consultation about your Hannibal red light camera ticket, contact traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 or at [email protected]

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